Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities

The Foundation's program, Free To Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities, was designed to support selected Head Start agencies to adapt and evaluate innovative substance abuse prevention models that aim to strengthen a young child's environment, specifically the family and community. Free to Grow in Marathon County is designed around the substance abuse risk and protective factors framework. The purpose of this project is to achieve short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes for preventing, reducing, or delaying substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors among children in Marathon County. The core components of this initiative will: (1) strengthen and develop interdependent partnerships within Marathon County to support Free to Grow principles and practices; (2) strengthen and develop a case management system within Head Start to objectively direct the greatest level of resources to families with the highest risks for substance abuse; (3) provide leadership development opportunities for families residing within the target community and engage them in community-based primary prevention activities; and (4) ensure organizational capacity within Head Start to sustain Free to Grow principles and practices beyond the four-year grant period.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $207,000.00

Awarded on: 6/5/2002

Time frame: 6/1/2002 - 5/31/2005

Grant Number: 45336


Marathon County Child Development Agency, Inc.

720 Grant Street
Wausau, 54403-6267


Shannon Young
Project Director